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UNI Brindley Invitational

The UNI Forensics Team will be hosting its annual all-events high school tournament. This event will host competition in debate (Student Congress, Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum, and Policy), and individual speech events. Schools representing 13 Iowa high schools will compete during this two day tournament. 

William A. Brindley Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament

This is a highly competitive regional high school tournament on a neutral site for teams not only from Iowa, but surrounding states as well. The tournament will include all debate events (policy, LD, public forum, Congress), and a variety of individual events including: dramatic interpretation, duo interpretation, extemporaneous speaking, humorous interpretation, original oratory and prose/poetry interpretation.

PRSSA Ethics Panel

The UNI Public Relations Student Society of America will host an ethics panel, which will discuss ethics in their workplaces and answer questions. Panelists include: Nola Aigner, UNI and PRSSA alumnae, who works for the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health; Janine Whipps, co-owner of Morgan&Myers public relations firm; Mark Ryan, business professor at Hawkeye Community College and previous general manager with Waterloo Industries; and Joe Shannahan, partner at LS2 Group in West Des Moines. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. with the panel discussion beginning at 7 p.m. Open to the campus community and public free of charge. For more information email

"The Constitution and Civil Liberties: Reducing Terrorism Without Reducing Civil Liberties"

Coleen Rowley, former FBI agent and whistleblower, will speak on "The Constitution and Civil Liberties: Reducing Terrorism Without Reducing Civil Liberties". Rowley was one of the three women selected as TIME "Persons of the Year" in 2002 for her work in exposing government failures in preventing the 9/11 attacks. Parking is available in the Multimodal Transportation Center. Rowley's appearance is sponsored by UNI's American Democracy Project and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. Reception follows program.

"9/11: A 10-Year Retrospective" Panel

"9/11: A 10-Year Retrospective" panel will address these topics: why did 9/11 happen;? what, if anything, could have been done to prevent it;? did the attackers achieve their goals;? did the U. S. respond adequately;? and looking back 10 years, has our understanding of why it happened changed? Panel members are Mohammad Fahmy, Industrial Technology; Laura Janik, Center for International Peace & Security Studies; John W. Johnson, History; and Phil Mauceri, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Moderator is Catherine Palczewski, Communication Studies and Women's and Gender Studies. Audience is invited to bring their thoughts and reflections to this discussion. Reception and sale of 9/11 books will follow the presentation.

Ulrich Season Opener

The UNI Forensics team will host the Ulrich Season Opener, a collegiate policy debate tournament. Teams include Northwestern University, University of Minnesota, Missouri State University, the University of Iowa and Illinois State University. This tournament will be the first one of the collegiate policy season, where teams will debate democracy assistance to Arab Spring countries.


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